We start from Hotel Kilkenny car park and make our way through one roundabout to the main Callan road. The road has a cycle path for about 4km and then a hard shoulder for another 2km. We then have a short section on the main Callan road before turning left for Burnchurch. 2kms on quiet, country roads takes us to Burncurch Castle. After the church and grave yard at Burnchurch, we turn right and continue for another 2kms on a quiet road to Tullamaine, where we again join the main Callan road for approx 1km.
At the brow of a hill we take a left onto another quiet road. This is a short link road which after 1km, brings us to the main Callan to Kells road. Here we take a left turn and after 6kms on lovely, rural roads we reach Kells village. We will stop for a well earned coffee break at Mullin's Mill. After our refreshments we leave Mullin's Mill and turn right. After 1km, we take a sharp left onto a series of short minor roads which are sign posted as a Kilkenny Cycle route. Eventually, after 4kms or so we reach a main road between Seven Houses and Danesfort. Here we can turn right to intersect the main Waterford road after 1km and proceed on the hard shoulder back to Kilkenny. Alternatively, we can turn left for Sevenhouses and proceed home on the main Kells-Kilkenny road for 8kms. Both options are approximately the same distance and arrive in Kilkenny quite close to our original starting point.
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Perfect cycling conditions for a leisurely spin through rural Kilkenny, followed by a lovely coffee stop in Kells.